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This morning a woman that I haven't spoken to in some 20 years rang me up... it turns out that she's organizing our 20th high school reunion this summer.


Let me say that again...


We chatted a bit, and I sent her some contact information for some other former classmates. Don't know yet whether I'll attend. Might be fun. We'll see when exactly it is and what else is going on closer to the time.

We finally saw Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. As you may recall, I read the series of 20 historical fiction books that gave rise to this film a few years back, and found them most enjoyable.

They did an excellent job with the movie in all respects except making me really care about the main characters, who never seemed to be in jeopardy, and not really fighing for their goals. I'm not sure that's quite it, but it's an excellent portrayal of the series and of life in a ship at the time. I wouldn't classify the movie as disappointing, and do recommend it, but it's, like, only 95% of the way there.

We did our usual Saturday gaming, after returning from an afternoon Mt. Wilson (without hte dogs this time). We shot ten nodes in about three hours on site for a virtual tour of the observatory grounds there, but all the 'scopes are closed for season. Will try to get access anyway to complete the project once the ones we shot are in way they can be shared (later this week).

Studied for a few hours for next Tuesday's GIS class exam. The last one didn't go as well as I had hoped, in part because the instructor asks ambiguous questions. And even some wrong ones (although I got those correct): one had a typo and the other just didn't have the correct answer amongst those for choosing. The question was, what's the biggest decimal number that you can get with eight binary digits? The possible answers were 8, 64, 128, or 256. Sigh. All wrong.

11111111 => 1+2+4+8+16+32+64+128=255!


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